Women's Volleyball Faces Saint Peter's and Manhattan During Weekend Road Trip

Oct. 1, 2009

This week: Saint Peter's and Manhattan

Saint Peter's Peahens (5-10 overall, 2-2 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (8-11 overall, 3-1 MAAC)
When: Saturday, October 3
Where: Yanitelli Center (Jersey City, N.J.)
Time: 2 p.m.

Manhattan Jaspers (5-9 overall, 1-3 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (8-11 overall, 3-1 MAAC)
When: Sunday, October 4
Where: Draddy Gymnasium
Time: 2 p.m.

Starting off
Loyola wrapped up non-conference play with a visit from George Washington, Wednesday night. This weekend, Loyola goes on the road for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests against Saint Peter's and Manhattan.

Four and No
No MAAC team was able to jump out to a 4-0 start to conference play this season. After a shakeup in the MAAC standings last weekend, Loyola now sits in a tie for first place with a 3-1 MAAC record and an 8-11 overall record. With conference favorites Fairfield and Siena getting knocked off by Rider and Marist Sunday, each team in the MAAC now has at least one loss. The only team without a win is Iona. The Greyhounds handed the Gaels their fifth consecutive loss and their fourth in the conference when they defeated them 3-1 last Sunday, at Reitz Arena.

Scouting the Peahens
The veteran squad started the year off with a 3-1 win over Saint Francis (N.Y.) in Saint Francis' own tournament, but struggled with the rest of their non-conference play. Recently, Saint Peter's has picked up the pace winning three of its last four matches, including a 3-0 upset over Niagara last Sunday. Junior outside hitter Kim Mendoza is the `Hens' biggest offensive weapon averaging 2.96 kills per set. Freshman Kassi Wirth, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter, has been the strongest defender for Saint Peter's this season and leads the MAAC with 1.67 blocks per set.

Scouting the Jaspers
Manhattan comes into the weekend with a 5-10 record identical to Saint Peter's. The Jaspers defeated Rider 3-2 the first week of league play but has yet to get a second win in the MAAC. Junior Diane Strutner has moved back her natural position as an outside hitter after playing libero last season. Strutner is currently averaging 2.57 kills per set with 154 total and has a team-leading 201 digs. Her back row replacement, freshman Julie Bies, is behind her with 202 digs.

Leading the Way
This week's NCAA stats report had Camaioni's kills-per-set average ranked at No. 26 in the country. Camaioni has recorded 277 kills in 66 sets for an average of 4.20 per set. Her 277 total far surpasses anyone else's mark in the MAAC and her average is second best behind Siena's Burgandy McCurty (205 total, 4.88). Camaioni padded her numbers back in the second week of the season racking up 70 kills in 14 games in the Battle of Baltimore. The performance led to her first MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award. Camaioni is the only Greyhound to go 3-for-3 in all-tournament teams, having been named to the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational, the Battle of Baltimore and the Duke Invitational all-tournament teams.

Born to Dig
Junior libero Brittany Born comes into the 2009 season with 1,109 career digs. With 247 already in `09, Born is on pace to surpass Megan Maguire's career mark of 1,381 this season (25 away). Born's 626 digs as a freshman in 2007, is currently first all-time. Junior outside hitter Nina Camaioni holds the single match record of 36.

Studly Setter
Freshman setter Aubrey Kirven is currently third in the MAAC with 8.92 assists per game. The multitalented setter also leads the team (along with Camaioni) with 18 service aces, has 12 blocks, and has also chipped in 133 digs and 36 kills. With 146 assists in the Battle of Baltimore, Kirven was named to her first collegiate all-tournament team as well as named MAAC Rookie of the Week.

The Returning Half
Loyola returned six letterwinners this season, three of them being full-time starters. All together, the Greyhounds return 553 sets played, 664 kills, 847 assists, 1,446 digs and 191 blocks.